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HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines
HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

Kickstart your career and become a fully qualified fitness instructor

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Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing


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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £517.75 5% discount £27.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £75 and 5 x £74 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £545

This is the industry's most popular entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to advance to Level 3 and become a personal trainer.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

One Gym Instructing Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our personal training graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms, health clubs and PT management companies.

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Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

This is the industry’s most popular entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to become a gym instructor or advance to the level 3 personal training qualification.


Gyms, leisure centres and health clubs are vibrant and fast-paced places to work. Every client that walks through the door is different and for a fitness instructor, no two days are ever going to be the same.

Many see becoming a gym instructor as a stepping stone to advancing to personal training, and while it is an entry requirement for that course, it’s an incredibly rewarding job in its own right. Day to day, gym instructors find themselves performing inductions for new members, maintaining exercise equipment, giving dietary advice, planning training sessions, supporting clients with their goals, ensuring that the environment is clean and tidy, and much more.

Course Structure:

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Practical training



Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by CIMSPA, which means the door is open to use this qualification internationally. Delivered via blended learning, this flexible training programme combines home study with unlimited phone and email support, bespoke learning resources, and practical attendance at one of our nationwide venues.

Entry Requirements

Every fitness professional has to start somewhere and as this is an entry-level course, there are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites. What will help you get off to flying start however is some experience of using cardiovascular and resistance equipment, as well as free weights, in your local gym.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

From theory to practical, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to become a leading gym instructor. Below is a selection of the topics you’ll encounter on course:

  • Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

    Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

    • The muscular system
    • The skeletal system
    • The nervous system
    • Basic principles of nutrition
    • The cardiorespiratory system
    • Energy systems
  • Principles of Fitness Training

    Principles of Fitness Training

    • Fitness training variables
    • Health and safety considerations
    • Optimum sequencing of exercises
    • Different session structures
    • Adapting and progressing exercise
    • Stretching and flexibility techniques
  • Planning Gym-Based Training

    Planning Gym-Based Training

    • Planning resistance machines
    • Planning free weights & bodyweight exercise
    • Planning CV training
    • Women and strength training
    • Effective programme design
    • Adapting training programmes
  • Teaching and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

    Teaching and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

    • Principles of effective teaching and instructing
    • Communication and teaching skills
    • Catering for different learning styles
    • Motivating clients
    • Evaluating training sessions
    • Correcting exercise technique
  • Cardiovascular Training Principles

    Cardiovascular Training Principles

    • Cardiovascular training concepts
    • Warm-up and cool-down methods
    • Effective training intensity
    • Cardiovascular training approaches
    • Progressing aerobic programmes
    • Monitoring the heart

How You'll be Assessed

The course is split into multiple units which are each assessed in a variety of theory and practical ways. Regardless of your learning style and speed, you’ll receive as much support as you need in order to pass this course.



  • Worksheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Scenario-based

Online workbooks:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 70% pass mark

Theory exam:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 70% pass mark

Practical assessments:

  • Client consultation
  • Teaching individual
  • Teaching a small group

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course includes a broad range of study materials that have been designed specifically to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

High quality training manuals
Learning materials

Detailed, technically rich and in full colour

Available in print and digital copies, our training manuals are packed with everything you need to know to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.

Access to our online Learner Engagement System (LES)
Online learner engagement system

Everything you need, in one place

Containing an abundance of resources, workbooks, mock exams, multiple-choice tests and online lectures presented by experts and subject specialists.

A comprehensive study guide
Home study guide

Structured study to help you achieve

Navigate your way through the course with a detailed study guide, making it easy to track your progress.

Unlimited tutor support
Learner support

You won't be left in the dark...

With our dedicated learner support tutors, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands for any support you may need.

Ongoing career support
Study on your own terms

Futureproof your career

You will still have access to all the help and support you need even after your studies have finished, from advice on promoting your business to writing a CV. You will also have access to our flagship CV connect programme which instantly connects you to thousands of potential employers.

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